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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-16-2015, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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Bad powder?

I took my wife's .50 cal inline out earlier in the week to check the sights. Loaded with 3 pellets of 30 grain Pyrodex powder. 209 cap, 245 grain Powerbelt bullet. She kills 2 does with this set up every October. When I fired the shot off the lead sled, I heard a fizz, saw a little smoke, bullet never hit paper at 50 yards. The bullet did exit the barrel though. The powder pellets were stored in a small plastic box, don't believe they had ever been wet. My question...does this powder go bad after a period of time? I had a new pack of 50/30 Pyrodex, used it, gun shot great. Any thoughts?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-16-2015, 09:08 PM
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Re: Bad powder?

Humidity has always plagued pyrodex. It does not go bad with age...but humid. Dampness.. Or wet conditions ruin the pellets. It's best to keep pellets in the package they are sold in..tubes or boxes.

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Re: Bad powder?

I use a lot of tripe 7 and vacuum seal all at the end of the season. The pellets, in patricular, are notorious for going bad from humidty.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-16-2015, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
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I did not know that. Thanks fellas. I just opened a new box this week. I'll vacuum seal the powder when we vacuum seal deer steaks next week. ( hopefully)
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Re: Bad powder?

did you dry fire any primers before loading maybe there was some oil in the barrel
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Re: Bad powder?

I've had 777 pellets go bad also. I use loose now. I will probably be making the switch to Blackhorn after my supply of 777 runs out
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I too have heard of the premature failure of the subs under the posted conditions.I have also heard that the pellets can degrade even under favorable conditions.
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Re: Bad powder?

My Pyrodex is definitely bad. I tried using more pellets from the same pack, at the range, had 3 more fizzles out of 8 shots. I had a new unopened ( wrapped ) pack; tried them, 5/5 good. I remember I opened the first pack when McCreas gun shop in Fenelton closed, whenever that was. Wife killed another doe with the gun this week. I've already vacuum sealed the balance of the new pack. The old pack got pitched into the garden.
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